Film by Simon Liu - HD / 16mm - 24 Minutes - Choreography by Jennie Liu
Ditchwork is a filmic meditation on movement, ancestry, and memory. Set in Hong Kong, the film follows a young Eurasian woman grieving over the recent passing of her estranged Chinese grandmother. Haunted by the ambiguous loss, she exercises a series of rituals to both reconnect and release herself from her memory. In doing so she discoveries a supernatural history of her family.
Ditchwork uses intimate physicality, folk-tale themes, and lush imagery to imaginatively fill in the blanks of a family history that is, like every history, both deeply known and unfathomably mysterious.
WNDX: Winnipeg Festival of the Moving Image 2012
Marfa Film Festival 2013
Oaxaca FilmFest 2012
New Jersey International Film Festival: Best Experimental Film 2012